2022 Los Angeles Auto Show Gallery and Recap

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

I often, though not always, write a quick recap of each auto show I attend. I try to see if there's a theme or pattern to what was shown, or at least talk about the vibe. The 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show defies easy characterization, however.


If there was a theme, it was EVs -- as most of the vehicles that debuted were electrified, though Subaru's Impreza and Kia's Seltos were exceptions. But that's not really a new thing for auto shows as we move into a more electrified future -- and it's certainly not new for the L.A. show.

As for the vibe, there was a sense of optimism -- the light at the end of the COVID/chip shortage tunnel might be visible now. Certainly, the show was more debut-heavy than Detroit was, though still less busy than it has been in the past. The fact that there was only one media day this year, instead of one full day and one half-day, does indicate that the old days of non-stop debut action are probably gone for good.

So, I don't have a lot to say about this show in particular -- I will let my camera do the talking. Apologies in advance for some potato pics -- auto-show lighting is often not the best for photography.

Take a gander below -- I'll mix in a few cars I snapped purely because I thought they were interesting, along with the debuts. I also snapped some cars that debuted recently but not at the show -- think Honda Accord and Pilot.

Enjoy!

[Images © 2022 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Nov 19, 2022

    V6s are going to still exist but will be rare as turbo 3s and 4s will be the only ICE offered on many vehicles. There will be more hybrids offered as car companies transition to EVs.

  • NaMiNo NaMiNo on Sep 21, 2023

    Thanks for the recap, Tim! It's always interesting to get a glimpse of what's happening at auto shows. The focus on EVs aligns with the industry's growing shift towards electrification. And optimism about the future, along with more vehicle debuts, is a good sign for the automotive world. I always go to site here for more writting ideas for my blog. Your photos tell the story beautifully, even with auto-show lighting challenges.

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  • TheEndlessEnigma In '98 a guy I worked with came into work pissed, so pissed he was beside himself, so pissed he was beside himself and they were both pissed. He had bought a Seville the year before for his wife, a very buxom empty headed drink of water that was roughly 20 years his junior (she *LIKED* older men and he wasn't about to complain). He had gotten a call the afternoon before, she was broken down in the less than 1 year old Seville on the side of the NY Turnpike at the Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga. The car quite on her in traffic and it wouldn't start. They got it towed to a nearby Caddy dealer and they started checking out the problem immediately. As he told it, the car already had a little over 20k miles on it so the service manager was pretty concerned about a warranty engine failure, "These Northstar engines are bulletproof!". After about an hour at the shop the service manager comes to talk with them, "Uh, ma'am, when was the last time you had the oil changed"? "Oil change, don't they come with oil when you buy these cars?". Seems the engine seized up, right around 1 qt of oil, with a tar like consistency and full of sparkles, was found in the oil pan. The late '90s, a NorthStar engine, one year and 20k miles......never saw an oil change. Powertrain warranty claim? Refused. Engine replacement? You bet, $9900 in 1998 dollars.
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